Month: September 2013

  • Why does my patient shut down?

    A patient is disturbed to see herself on videotape expressing feelings and fantasies that she is “normally” ashamed of. When she experiences anger towards her abusive and neglectful parents she shuts down and becomes disconnected and “cold”. She does not preserve the emotional openness and warm feelings toward me as therapist between sessions. Is this…

  • “I don’t see what you are talking about!” Mobilizing Self-Observing Capacity

    How do we strengthen a patient’s self-observing capacities? Another great question from our master question asker, Johannes! Thank you!! Ever since Freud brought up the idea of the observing ego in 1923, through the focus on observation in behavior and cognitive therapies, on up to the present day emphasis on mindfulness, therapists have recognized the…